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President’s Message

Dear Friends,

Sister Cecilia Anne Wanner, O.P.

We have so much for which to be grateful. Since the founding of Aquinas College in 1961, Aquinas College has maintained the same central focus: a desire to serve the Church by forming individuals prepared to be witnesses to Truth and Charity. May the Lord continue to work in and through Aquinas for many years to come!

One of our great blessings is the clarity of mission and vision with which we have been entrusted here at Aquinas. The Holy Spirit is truly at work, guiding and directing the work of our College. Our vision, as set forth in our strategic plan “Sent to Witness,” is to be a leader in the formation of educators who are sent forth to teach, preach, and witness to Truth and Charity for the salvation of souls and the transformation of culture. This is who we are, and this is what we are called to do. We focus all of our resources on this mission. We are called to evangelize the world through the formation of Catholic educators, through the Dominican charism of teaching, preaching, and sending witnesses out into the world. We continue to enter into this vision ever more deeply and fully.

We have recently been blessed with many improvements and updates to our Aquinas Main building. We now have new lighting in much of the building, improved electrical panels and circuits, a new energy management system, and new carpet in the halls. We are sincerely grateful to the many benefactors who have made this possible for us.

We are also grateful for our beautiful Siena Hall. In May, we began a new chapter for the Siena Hall Conference Center, as we welcome nonprofit groups in line with our mission to explore how the Siena Hall Conference Center might meet their needs, in particular for events requiring overnight accommodations. The response has been very positive, and we have a number of workshops, conferences, and retreats now taking place in this space.

Aquinas College is truly a gift, to our own community and beyond. In its unique and beautiful mission, Aquinas College finds its place in the heart of the Church and in the heart of Catholic education. We prepare teachers with a deep intellectual formation in the liberal arts and a solid professional formation in teaching, which together prepares them to teach and evangelize in our Catholic schools, affecting countless souls each and every day.

I invite you to explore our website further and learn more about our College. It is my hope that this site can convey some small sense of the joyfulness, fidelity, and dedication to Catholic education upon which Aquinas College is founded.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

Sincerely in Christ,
Sister Cecilia Anne Wanner, O.P.

Aquinas College welcomes all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin who desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the College to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

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